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Ambrosian

[am-broh-zhuh n]
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adjective
  1. Roman Catholic Church.
    1. pertaining to the religious congregations under the protection of Saint Ambrose.
    2. pertaining to the ancient liturgy of the church of Milan.
  2. (lowercase) ambrosial.

ambrosial

[am-broh-zhuh l]
adjective
  1. exceptionally pleasing to taste or smell; especially delicious or fragrant.
  2. worthy of the gods; divine.
Also am·bro·sian [am-broh-zhuh n] /æmˈbroʊ ʒən/.

Origin of ambrosial

First recorded in 1590–1600; ambrosi(a) + -al1
Related formsam·bro·sial·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for ambrosian

Historical Examples

  • On reaching Milan, the travellers visited the Ambrosian library.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851

    Various

  • We wished to go to the Ambrosian Library, and we did that also.

    The Innocents Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • For them he painted the magnificent frescoes now in the Ambrosian Library.

    Bernardino Luini

    James Mason

  • And some documents in the Ambrosian library give colour to this conjecture.

    A Treatise on Painting

    Leonardo Da Vinci

  • When at Milan, I was taken, as a matter of course, to visit the Ambrosian library.


Word Origin and History for ambrosian

ambrosial

adj.

1590s, "immortal, divine," from Latin ambrosius, from Greek ambrosios (see ambrosia).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper